Google never would have taken the Lord's name in vain had they known the mic was live.

YouTube Says Zoë Keating's Claims Are 'Patently False'

YouTube is now aggressively responding to Zoë Keating's post about Music Key, calling her claims about content removal 'patently false'. They have also demanded a retraction from Digital Music News. [...]

[Update: Sat. morning: After discovering that Keating was taking detailed notes of her conversation with a YouTube representative, YouTube appears to be re-grouping to clarify their policies and figure out exactly what artists are being told. They have also not clearly explained why they are demanding a retraction from Digital Music News. More as it develops.]

[Update: Monday morning: No response yet. YT told DMN on Friday that they were 'reaching out' to Forbes as well; Forbes hasn't changed a very similar headline]

Wait for them to throw a random employee under the bus, issue a fauxpology about your failure to understand what they really meant, then "clarify" their terms in a way that actually changes nothing, in 3, 2, 1...

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7 Responses:

  1. xrayspx says:

    If only there existed some technology Google could have used to learn about who they were dealing with, and whether she had a history of, say, releasing transcripts of conversations with companies who screw her over.

  2. Jake Nelson says:

    The bit about "and delete your channel" in her description stuck me as wrong/off. Google wouldn't endorse an option that meant less stuff in their catalog, even as an "or else", they want to have everything. I suspect the person she was talking to assumed that was how it worked, in the absence of actual guidance. Someone higher up saw it, went "that's not right" and then they had an internal kerfluffle because there were different unspoken assumptions about how it was going to work.

    • jwz says:

      Unless you are the one who sets Google policy, your guess about the ways in which the actual words of their actual official representative differ from what they should have said is, well, not terribly interesting.

      But by all means, rush to the defense of a multinational megacorp who decided to launch a media offensive slandering an indie artist as a liar, when that's demonstrably not true.

  3. nooj says:

    Update(?) by Billboard:

    Now, a spokesperson for [YouTube] [is saying] if they choose not to sign, their content will remain on the site, they just won’t be able to make a profit off of it.

    YouTube is now saying that ... artists are still permitted to post music elsewhere first for exclusive promotions and the like.

    [Zöe Keating] was "very happy to hear Youtube has changed that language in the contract, and I look forward to seeing it, since mine does not say that."

  4. 502061754 says:

    "I write music. I play the cello and the computer. There are dots over my e." -Zoë Keating
    There's a dot over your "i", too!

    • yukbon says:

      The lowercase letter I normally has a dot over it, so that's not particularly notable or noteworthy. An E with an umlaut is certainly less common in english.

  5. Don Hopkins says:

    "I write music. I play the cello and the computer. There are dots over my e." -Zoë Keating
    There's a dot over your "i", too!